Impaired rental truck driver speeding through Courtenay construction zone: RCMP

Impaired rental truck driver speeding through Courtenay construction zone: RCMP
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BC Highway Patrol says the driver of a rental truck was pulled over for driving 106 km/h in a 60 km/h construction zone.

A driver in Courtenay has been charged with impaired driving and excessive speed in a construction zone, RCMP say.

On June 26 just after 9:30 a.m., highway patrol officers were doing speed enforcement in the construction zone on Highway 19 near the Comox Valley Parkway in Courtenay.

While construction crews were on scene repaving the northbound lanes, the driver of a rental truck was caught driving 106 kilometres per hour. The construction zone speed limit is 60 km/h.

When officers pulled the driver over, they found they were impaired by alcohol.

“The construction workers on the roadway were put in danger because of the impaired driver,” Staff Sgt. Adam Tallboy, Acting OIC BCHP Vancouver Island.

“If you are planning on consuming alcohol or drugs this summer, then arrange for a safe ride, and please keep roadside workers safe by slowing down for construction zones.”

In B.C., excessive speed is deemed driving 40 km/h above the posted speed limit. Drivers caught driving between 40-59 km/h above the speed limit can be issued a $368 fine and have three penalty points added to their driving record. Speeding 60 km/h above the speed limit comes with a $483 fine and three penalty points.

The rental truck driver was issued a $368 ticket, the vehicle was impounded for 90 days and the driver has a 90 day driving prohibition.

ICBC says 21 per cent of fatal crashes in B.C. involve impaired driving, which accounts to 61 deaths per year.

Penalties for being caught driving impaired range from driving suspensions between 24 hours to 90 days, vehicle impoundment, fines from $600 to $4,060, jail time, mandatory rehabilitation and installation of an ignition interlock device.

ICBC says 53 per cent of impaired-driving crashes happen on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and 36 per cent take place between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Of those who are caught driving impaired, 69 per cent are men.

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